Health and Wellness
New Hygiene Hours
Mornings: 7:30am to 11:45am
Evenings: 1:00pm to 7:30pm
“I use the showers at Our Place all the time. Being able to come and get clean makes me feel so much more alive. I never had that before.” -Angie
Health & Wellness Services
Most of us take showering for granted. At Our Place, four shower stalls are available to those who don’t otherwise have access to the physical, mental, and social benefits of a shower. A good hot shower can clear the mind as well as the body, and the showers are kept spotless by OPS staff and volunteers, who clean them after each and every use. We provide shampoo, conditioner, shaving equipment and towels so our family members can spend uninterrupted time helping themselves feel refreshed. The hygiene area is open seven days a week.
Staying healthy while living on the street is hard at the best of times. Through our acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic services that are all offered once per week, our volunteer health professionals’ aim to reduce anxiety, stress, and pain.
At Our Place we believe that Spiritual Care is a basic need and one that can provide hope, comfort, and healing. Spiritual Care at Our Place is inclusive of all spiritual beliefs and faith traditions. Spiritual Care is cultivating a culturally conscious and inclusive environment for the support and care of the spiritual needs of our community.
The Spiritual Care team includes a Manager and Chaplain of Spiritual Care, a Spiritual Care Worker, Indigenous focused and led Spiritual Care, and Spiritual Care Volunteers. Spiritual Care at Our Place includes but not limited to 1-on-1s, spirit/sharing circles, smudging, mindfulness, Bible studies and workshops.
Vets for Pets
For those who have lost everything, a pet can be the very reason for living. Once per month, Our Place family members can access free veterinary services in our courtyard on the second Sunday of each month. Vets for Pets offers free veterinary care to the dogs and cats of homeless and low-income pet owners of the Victoria area. Please register at 11:00am at Our Place Society at 919 Pandora Avenue. Pets are seen in our courtyard starting at 2:00pm. With local veterinarian Jane Vermeulen donating her services, the Vets for Pets program has helped hundreds of animals.
Many of our family members spend a lot of time outdoors, often without socks and usually with shoes that don’t fit well. Serious foot problems are a common occurrence. When available, family members are invited to the hygiene area, where nursing and medical students from the University of Victoria provide much needed Feet Hygiene.
In co-operation with the Camosun College Dental Hygiene program, dental hygiene students provide health advocacy, technology, science, psychology and direct patient care to the Our Place family.
New Hygiene Hours
Days: 8am to 3:15pm
Evenings: 6pm to 8:15pm